For native Texan and current Austinite, Leigh Elena Navarro, pursuing the art of crafting jewelry has been more than just a career goal; it has been a lifetime in the making. Originally from El Paso, Leigh began learning the processes for fusing enamel and glass together at the young age of five from her mother, Susan, a talented enamellist herself. It was this appreciation of and talent for handcrafted art combined with a natural entrepreneurial flair that convinced Leighâs mother to allow her to start making and selling jewelry with her - all while Leigh was still in elementary school.
In 2005 she aspired to start her own line of hand-crafted accessories in a city that prides itself on supporting local, small businesses. Following in her motherâs footsteps, Leighâs aspirations quickly became a reality when she launched her own brand, Leighelena - a combination of her first and middle name. Leighelena collections showcase the enameling process, which in a true display of cyclicality, her mother now helps her to produce, along with work in leather and exotic skins.